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Writing and Literature Poetry

An Leabhar Mòr - The Great Book of Gaelic

An anthology of poetry in Irish and Scottish Gaelic from the 17th to the 20th century, with artwork and calligraphy by contemporary artists. Includes profiles, texts (also translated into English), and information about purchase.

Archive of the Now

A collection of poetry and text-based work, offered as a resource for writers and readers of innovative poetry. Provides a list of poets, with profiles and recordings of them reading their work.

Football Poets

Contains a library of poems with inspiration from football.

Guardian Poetry Workshop

Features a monthly poetry exercise set by an established poet, who then offers a critique on the most interesting responses received.


Works to promote ideas and initiatives which advance community, including a number of "Poetry for ..." projects that display poetry in public places and celebrate diversity.

Litref: Tim Love's literary references

An extensive collection of resources including published work, poetry, prose, articles, poetry magazines and reviews.

National Poetry Day

Held annually on the first Thursday of October to engage people with poetry, with a range of live events and media activities. Offers a guide to their programme and an events calendar, with educational and other resources.


A poetry portal maintained by the Guardian; offers news, reviews, blogs, multimedia resources, and their poem of the week feature.

The Poetry Kit

The Arts Council's poetry portal, with listings of events, festivals, competitions, tours, and magazines; also provides online workshops and a poetry in schools section.

Poetry Magazines Archive

Free access site to the full-text digital library of 20th and 21st century UK poetry magazines from the Poetry Library collection. Includes magazine list and free mp3 downloads of readings by some of the poets.

The Poetry School

Offers a programme of classes at a number of venues around the country, to teach adults to write poetry. Includes details of their schedule, tutors, and examples of students' works, with online resources and tutorials.

Poetry Season

A BBC resource on poetry, with the "Nation's Favourite Poet" competition, a library of biographies and poems, and details of events and broadcasts.

Poet's Graves

A guide to where famous poets are buried, mostly in the UK but also covers Europe and the Americas; organised by poet and by location, with a substantial collection of resources about poetry.

Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

A network of individuals developing the work of Scots poet and author, Kenneth White; includes news, events, their programme of field work, details of membership, and contacts.

The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry

Established in Queen's University Belfast as a focal point in Ireland for the writing, criticism and appreciation of modern literature; provides information about their activities and programmes, with an audio library and contacts.

Second Light Live

Networking organisation for older women poets.

Sheer Poetry

Offers a wide range of resources on British poetry by the poets themselves, for students, teachers, and the general reader. Includes details of their subscription service.

Study Ireland - Poetry

Archive of a BBC TV programme exploring and celebrating the contemporary poetic voices of Northern Ireland; with audio and video clips, teacher's notes, and poet profiles.

Survivors’ Poetry

A national charity that supports and publishes the poetry of people who have been through, or are currently in, the UK’s mental health system. Includes information about their projects and publications, with a poem and essay of the month feature.

The Welsh Poetry Competition

Provides information about this annual poetry competition and its judges, with highlights from past winners and entries.

Winning Words

Arts project which invites people to submit poems and lines of poetry to be considered for temporary or permanent inscription in and around London's Olympic Village. Poetry must reflect the inspirational nature of the games and their legacy for the UK.

Write Out Loud

Encourages performance of poetry, both online and on stage and provides a guide to open floor poetry events across the country. Also features forums and regular articles.

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